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After casting a wrestler in her music video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," the singer became a ringside staple.
The 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock took some liberties while telling the triumphant tale of the football player.
What started off as a hashtag on a Facebook post has become a national rallying cry for equality.
The African American doctor had to think on his toes during the 1893 operation.
The civil rights leaders had great respect and admiration for each other, but they clashed on some of their core beliefs.
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It was love at first sight for the "Saturday Night Live" star and "Willy Wonka" actor, but their relationship was cut tragically short by illness.
The singer's mental health struggles and battle with addiction led him down a path to create “Fire and Rain.”
While taking refuge from the business, the musician created the chart-topping song "Like a Rolling Stone."
The famed golfer seemingly had it all until a November 2009 car crash opened the tabloid flood gates and exposed his extramarital affairs.
Known for her indulgences, the royal battled various health issues throughout her life.
Looking to win the attention of actress Jodie Foster, on March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. took aim at the newly-elected commander in chief.
A romance between the women is depicted in the movie "Ammonite," but historians believe they were simply close friends
Richard Williams coached his daughters hard from a young age, setting the sisters up for domination in the sport for more than two decades.
The ‘Late Show’ host was just 10 years old when he lost his father and two brothers in a fatal accident.
The ‘Daily Show’ host was 10 years old when apartheid ended, but his experience under the regime left a lasting impact on his life and career.
The 1960 debate was the first time the public could watch presidential hopefuls battle on television.
Seven space explorers, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, lost their lives in the 1986 space shuttle tragedy.
The actor, along with several other of the show's decision-makers, wanted the hit sitcom to capture the reality of war, even in a comedy.
The King of Rock 'n' Roll visited the White House in 1970 with one goal: to have Nixon grant him a federal narc badge.